5 Tips to farewell your landlord without farewelling your bond.
Let me paint you a beautiful word painting. You’ve placed a deposit down on a home of your own and now you get to call your landlord and tell them that you won’t be throwing away money on renting their house anymore. They wish you well, tell you what a good tenant you were, yada-yada-yada, then you hang up. And that’s when the clock starts counting down!
You’ve got until the end of your tenancy to do everything you can to get your bond back. Because you can bet your bond, they will go through the rental to find anything that wasn’t exactly like it was when you first moved in.
Yep. You need to get rid of every trace of every get together you’ve ever had… Remove the damage from that time you decided to have that epic Australia Day party… and make the backyard resemble something less like a jungle and more like a garden.
So here’s some simple ways to GO GET THAT BOND MONEY!
1. Fill ‘er up!
You wanted to make your rental property a little more ‘you’, so you decided to do a little decorating and put a few pictures up. Now that you’re leaving you’ve taken all those hooks out and there’s so many holes in your walls it looks like a piece of swiss cheese.
Here’s what you do: go to Bunnings with a photo of the rooms, so they can colour match the paint. Pick some Spakfilla up while you’re there. Voila, you’ve got everything you need to execute the perfect cover up.
While you’re at it grab some “Magic Eraser” sponges – these are perfect for getting out all the scuff and marks on the walls living them looking as pristine as the day you moved in.
2. Rain bloody death upon weeds!
So you’ve let your gardens get a little out of hand. Before you attempt the whole “controlled burn” weeding technique we’ve all considered when moving from a rental, let’s save your matches for the campfire instead of your yard. Here’s a nice trick you can do that won’t end in an attempted arson lawsuit.
Mix vinegar and dishwashing soap together and – boom – you’ve got yourself an organic weedkiller. Spray it all over your weeds and they’ll die real fast leaving your backyard looking like your Nana’s been taking care of it.
3. The dreaded (But Necessary) big clean up
The main factor that leads to people not getting their bond back is that the house isn’t cleaned properly. And let’s face it: when you’re getting ready to move into your first property, you’re so stressed and busy that you could do without the added stress of spending days cleaning the house. Ask your property manager for a list of what their expectations are for vacating the property. Try getting started early with things that you can get out of the way like deep cleaning the cabinets or dusting the tops of doors and ceiling fans.
If you can afford it, we’d totally recommend considering getting a professional cleaner. When you’ve been moving and are completely exhausted, it will be money well spent. A lot of organisations offer special end-of-lease deals.
4. YouTube is your friend.
If there’s a few more things around the house that need fixing and you’re the brave sort who’s not afraid to lose a finger (it’s you’ve got nine spares), then try looking up some online tutorials on YouTube. Sure, you might make a mistake or two… but there are some great resources that can take you through how to fix things step-by-step so even if you’ve never attempted anything like this before, it will be hard to miss things up. Our pro-tip: watch the video once over before you start to make sure you have everything down before you get started.
5. Know Your Rights
Making sure you know what is expected of you and what you are responsible for is essential for getting back your full bond(or as much as possible). Read through your lease and see what you are obligated to do. Go through your condition report and see what may have had damage before you’ve moved in. Also, you may want check your state’s tenancy board-what your property manager may have included doesn’t always 100% line up with what you are legally obligated to do so it pays to do some research!
We hope you found these suggestions useful and remember: moving can be a stressful time, but the moment you step foot into your first property, you’ll forget all about it. Because nothing beats the feeling of owning your own home. And we hope we can be part of the journey with you.